160

Ted Levine w/Peter Madsen: Night Sounds

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Five of the tunes here were written, the rest improvised; a good enough balance to determine the rapport between the two. Do they get their chops off only from the written note or can they fathom and spar, merge and mate with the thought processes that emanate as they play, and at the end of it all hold up a logical whole? Ted Levine and Peter Madsen succeed, even as they move across different forms and structures that they essay on their musical roundabout.

Levine blows hard and hot on the alto, adding a few breathy notes as he works up “Three Short Pieces,” comprised of three segments: “Dawn/Storm/Nightsounds.” There is melody here, but that dissipates as Madsen scurries across the piano keys and disperses the notes. When Levine comes back it is time for free expression that catapults them into a tumultuous whirl before calm descends and the tune is taken out in quiet grace. More invention comes on “Sanctum,” a placid tune that throbs with an inner energy fired by Levine on the bass clarinet. Madsen is happy playing the role of accompanist on this one, as he is on “Anion,” where Levine blows way out billowing whirligigs in a smouldering piece of action!

The written pieces have their own charm. The trajectories that impact “Indra” are set in motion by Madsen, his energy and iridescent flow of ideas coruscating from his right hand while his left annotates those notes with deft chord work – to which Levine adds a sinuous Indian melody in satisfying counterpoint built layer by layer. Interestingly, honks and squawks mark “Picasso’s Blue(s) Period.” Levine also adds deep hued blues, the harmonic structure of which is expanded by Madsen. Have fun with this one.

Visit www.playscape-recordings.com .


Track Listing: Hungarian Dance; March of the Elves; Three Short Pieces; Eulogy; Traffic Jam; Picasso

Personnel: Ted Levine

Title: Night Sounds | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read The Princess CD/LP/Track Review The Princess
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Latin Lover CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Reclamation CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets" CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read "Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik" CD/LP/Track Review Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 5, 2017
Read "Italy 2016" CD/LP/Track Review Italy 2016
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 30, 2017
Read "Black Shuck" CD/LP/Track Review Black Shuck
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Here on Earth" CD/LP/Track Review Here on Earth
by Doug Collette
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Retrorespective" CD/LP/Track Review Retrorespective
by Phillip Woolever
Published: June 15, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor